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Large Native American Painted Storage Basket

The rich patina of this hand-woven storage basket is what first caught my eye, along with the warm brown and sienna potato paint. And then I noticed the two designs — possibly tribal simples? — that make this a special piece. It’s not in perfect condition, as the photos show. But the wear is minor, […]


Surprising Ojibwa Toy Cradleboard

Early Ojibwa-Chippewa cradleboards were often highly decorative, from the beaded bentwood arches above an infant’s head to the embroider blankets in which they were bundled. This unusually toy example has its own unique charms. It’s made from a rectangular wood plank that’s varnished on both sides and decorated front and back with carved, painted circles […]

Whimsical Apache Cloth Boy Doll

  Dating from the first half of the 20th century, this homemade Apache boy doll comes from a Southern California collection. This simplicity of the construction suggested that the doll might have been an early effort. He is made of fabric, soft stuffed, with simple stitched features and what appears to be human hair, which […]

Early Native American Round Splint Basket

What makes this antique hand-woven lidded splint basket so nice is its graceful, almost sculptural form — slightly tapered at the top to fit snugly under the lid. I also like the paint — blue-green uprights on the basket and a rich mushroom color on the lid. The basket is probably from a North East […]

Beaded Apache Toy Cradleboard and Doll

With its red, black and white beadwork and red and white striped fabric, this Apache-made toy cradleboard is a folky, yet eye-popping example of a Native American art. The piece is constructed of deer hide and what looks like bent willow for the bonnet or hood. The primitive and somewhat fragile doll is a simple […]

19th c. Quilled, Beaded Strike a Light Pouch

For Native Americans, small bags such as this one served as persona essentials for generations because they held the tools for starting a fire. The Strike a Light pouch offered here dates from the fourth quarter 1800s and still contains pinches of early tender. Made of brain-tanned hide, the bag is hand sewn and decorated […]